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Canada’s Smartest Person reveals competitors ahead of Nov. 13 return on CBC

From a media release:

CBC’s hit competition series CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON has narrowed down the field to 30 remarkable Canadians from coast to coast to coast who will put themselves to the test, squaring off each week for their latest chance to take home the title of “Canada’s Smartest Person.” From ages 16 to 62, and with diverse occupations including psychic medium, pro video gamer, neuroscientist, cancer researcher/fashion blogger, Paralympian, and law student/Miss Universe Canada, the competitors are ready to show the country what they’ve got as they tackle challenges that offer a new spin on what it truly means to be smart. CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON returns for Season 3 Sunday, Nov. 13 at 8 p.m. (8:30NT) on CBC.

Each week, host Jessi Cruickshank (The Goods), with special guest judges, guides the competitors and viewers through the hour-long competition series, which illuminates how Canadians are smart based on the Theory of Multiple Intelligences. In each of the first five episodes, six competitors go head-to-head in a series of fun and revealing challenges that test six areas of intelligence: linguistic, physical, musical, visual, social and logical, with one winner advancing to the championship finale. Then, in the climactic season finale, five finalists will battle it out to claim the title of CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON. New this season is CSP SmartPlay, where viewers can join in on the fun from home by playing along in real-time on the CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON Facebook page.

Introducing this season’s CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON competitors:

Episode 301 – airing Sunday, Nov. 13 at 8 p.m. (8:30NT)
● Susan Forgues, 54, retired military helicopter pilot from Orleans, ON
● Jonathan Gagnon, 31, engineer from Vancouver, BC
● Stephanie Harvey, 30, pro video gamer from Québec City, QC
● Vincent Law, 33, cancer researcher and fashion blogger from Calgary, AB
● Rup Magon, 41, musician from Montréal, QC
● Steve Norn, 40, insurance broker from Yellowknife, NT

Episode 302 – airing Sunday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. (8:30NT)
● Christine Cho, 36, makeup artist from Toronto, ON
● Donna Hartt, 46, psychic medium from Cranbrook, BC
● Jennifer Martin, 33, copywriter from St. Phillip’s, NL
● Chad “CJ” Studer, 38, physical education teacher from Miscouche, PE
● Chris Williams, 54, innkeeper from Round Hill, NS
● Joshua Williams, 25, youth worker from Edmonton, AB

Episode 303 – airing Sunday, Nov. 27 at 8 p.m. (8:30NT)
● Rebecca Bromwich, 39, lawyer from Calgary, AB
● Frankie Cena, 24, international speech and debate coach from Vancouver, BC
● Ryan Coelho, 30, millennial consultant from Toronto, ON
● Gwyneth Foster, 16, high school student from Uxbridge, ON
● Maria Samson, 33, professional rugby player from Calgary, AB
● Vanessa Vakharia, 35, math tutor and entrepreneur from Toronto, ON

Episode 304 – airing Sunday, Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. (8:30NT)
● Brittain Bancroft, 30, mechanic from Minto, NB
● Siera Bearchell, 23, law student and Miss Universe Canada 2016 from Moose Jaw, SK
● Darryl Gidyk, 42, neuroscientist from Lethbridge, AB
● Devon Jones, 37, personal trainer from Winnipeg, MB
● Bruce Tsuji, 62, university professor from Ottawa, ON
● Michelle Zakrison, 33, lawyer from Iqaluit, NU

Episode 305 – airing Sunday, Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. (8:30NT)
● Tristan Campus, registered nurse from Mississauga, ON
● Melissa DeCiantis, 25, arborist from Mississauga, ON
● Dustin Herbison, 29, high school shop teacher from Kelowna, BC
● Michelle Salt, 31, Paralympian from Calmar, AB
● Wali Shah, 21, rapper and spoken word poet from Mississauga, ON
● Eric Yue, 39, commissioner recreational hockey league from Victoria, BC

Episode 306 – airing Sunday, Dec. 18 at 8 p.m. (8:30NT)
The five finalists will battle it out to claim the title of CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON.

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Prior to becoming a television critic and partner at TV, Eh?, Greg David was a critic for TV Guide Canada, the country's most trusted source for TV news. He has interviewed television actors, actresses and behind-the-scenes folks from hundreds of television series from Canada, the U.S. and internationally. He is a podcaster, public speaker, weekly radio guest and educator, and past member of the Television Critics Association.
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One thought on “Canada’s Smartest Person reveals competitors ahead of Nov. 13 return on CBC”

  1. Admittedly, I won’t watch this. I tuned in for the first season and found it boring even though normally I love trivia games. However, I’m glad that at least the show went to the effort of finding contestants from all 10 provinces and 2 of the territories (only Yukon is not in this).

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